Title

Online Burnup Analysis of MOX Fuel Using Gamma Spectroscopy

Abstract

Plans to convert U.S. and Russian weapons-grade plutonium into MOX fuel [1] coupled with the desire to close the fuel cycle has renewed interested in MOX fuel's behavior and characterization. A major hindrance for closing nuclear fuel recycling is the risk of proliferation. However, other nations have extensively used MOX fuel for decades without any significant safety issues. Recently, Duke Energy commissioned Areva to construct [2] and deliver four MOX fuel assemblies for its Catawba nuclear power plant.

Department(s)

Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

MOX; Assemblies; Fuel Cycles; Nuclear Energy; Nuclear Fuels; Nuclear Power Generation; Nuclear Power Plants; Nuclear Safety; On-Line Systems; Plutonium; Spectroscopy

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2008 American Nuclear Society (ANS), All rights reserved.

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